When most consumers are ready to buy a diamond they are armed with a budget and a yelp rating of their local jeweler. They may even have a general idea of the four C's and have some direction from their girlfriend, partner, or spouse. However, you need much more information when you walk into that jewelry store whether it's retail, online, or even ebay.
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By using the diamond karma calculator and budget matrix tool you'll learn a lot about how big of a diamond you can buy and how much it will cost retail, online, or wholesale. Everyone wants the biggest diamond for the lowest possible price, but keep in mind to never go below these criteria:
Never go below:
Follow the advice below when you're ready to begin the diamond buying process:
Color - G is the best color for the money. Avoid anything below I and know that K clearly has a yellow tint.
Cut - GIA scale is only excellent, very good, good, fair, poor. Any wording such as super ideal or ideal should be avoided and will not appear on an official GIA report.
Clarity - I1 will have inclusions visible to the naked eye. Stay in the VS1 down to the SI2 range for the best value. However, clarity is one area that can be compromised on when trying to buy a bigger diamond.
Lab - Only buy GIA certified certified. Study the report and look for the words "enhanced", temperature and/or pressure treatment, irradiation, fracture filling, laser drilling, or coating. Any of this types of enhancements are an automatic drop of 60% off of the price.
TIP: Only buy diamonds with a GIA report
TIP: Look up the diamond report on the GIA website located here
TIP: Read this excellent buying guide provided by BJ's wholesale club located here
TIP: Read this excellent articles on Today.com
The Question... How big of a diamond can you buy on your budget without compromising quality?
When shopping for diamonds, most consumers struggle with balancing the size, quality, and price of a diamond. We have developed a proprietary scale similar to traditional school grading systems that give a diamond a rating of A+ A or A-, B+ B or B-, C+ C or C-, D+ D or D-, or F. Our budget calculator uses this systems to return only high quality diamonds in the B, B-, C range since we feel this is the best value for your money.
How much you spend depends on many factors, but is exponential based on the carat weight. You'll be doing well if you can buy these prices at a retail store (using G color, GIA lab, Good cut, and SI2 clarity):
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